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*Note: The station military name was Ichi Banare however commonly known as Ike Shima or Okinawa.
26 23 37 N 128 00 13E (CG File 12/1948)
26 23 49.4 N 128 00 04.5 E

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: 3 MAY 1945

Construction Date 15 MAY 1945
1 SEP 1945 Station commissioned and turned over to 14th district

Constructed by: CONSTRUCTION DET “C”

Established: 1 SEP 1945

Disestablished: 122200Z JUL 1964

Operated by: USCG


Station Letter designation: “J”

Station code name:

Station Unit Number: CG Unit 350
APO 331


On-air testing date: 4H4, 27 MAY 1945 – IWO JIMA
4H4, 05 JAN 1953 - NOMAIKE

Operational date: 12 JUN 1945

Operations Ceased: 1964

Station Operation: Double SLAVE

Station pair: 4H4, 4H7, 2H5 – IWO JIMA
4H4, 2H4 - NOMAIKE

Loran Rate: 4H4, 4H7, 2H4, 2H5

On-Air: 4H4, 12 JUN 1945
4H7, 150200Z MAR 1949
4H4, 251200Z JAN 1953
2H4, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran band
2H5, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran Band


4H4, 150200Z MAR 1949
4H4, 1 MAY 1953
4H7, 1 MAY 1953
2H4, 01 JUL 1964 Station relocated to Gesashi
2H5, 01 JUL 1964 Station relocated to Gesashi

Monitor Rate:

Equipment: JUL 1948 – TDP Transmitters s/n 76 & 77; JU Timers s/n 17 & 18
JUL 1948 – TDP-1 Transmitter s/n 24 & 44; UE-1 Timers s/n 50 & 77
1964 - T-137 Transmitters
Personnel Allowance: DEC 1953 – LTJG, ETC, BM1, CS1, EN1, ET1, HM1, DC2, ET2, EN2, RM2, 3 ET3, EN3, FN, SN
JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET2, 4 ET3, RM2, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN3, DC2, BM1, 2 SN

Miscellaneous: ICHI BANARE - official military name - commonly known as IKE SHIMA or OKINAWA
OCT 1945 – Station off air because of a typhoon – returned on air service 10 OCT 1945
1948 – Equipment upgrade completed.
1950 – ecv project 541-50 reconstruct station.
27 JUN 1950 – 27 JUL 1954: Koran War Service Medal
1964 - Station operation transferred to GESASHI
Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st CO: LTJG Melvin D. Sargent MAY 1945 – 19 JAN 1946
CO: LT Ernest H. Burt 19 JAN 1946 – 17 MAR 1947
CO: ENS Leslie A. Mears 17 MAR 1947 -?
OINC: CRE L. J. DeGraw ? – 27 SEP 1948
CO: ENS William F. Tighe 27 SEP 1948
CO: LT Robert J. Mackle ? – 20 SEP 1950
CO: LTJG John P. Obarski 20 SEP 1950 - ?
CO LTJG Eugene Verrett 1955
CO: LTJG Thomas H. Clilton 1956 - AUG 1957
CO: LTJG Crook Steward AUG 1957 - AUG 1958
CO: LTJG Richard Rounsville AUG 1958 - 05 AUG 1959
CO: LTJG M. Abarbanell 05 AUG 1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG John C. Armocost 1960 - 1961
CO: LTJG Richard J. Marcott 1961 - 1962
CO: LT Thomas Sullivan 1963 – 1964
Last CO: LTJG Leon Beaudin 1964

News Article:

~1962 - Feature of the Week - submitted by Charles "Mac" McLean (pdf)

Fred's Place Reunion Hall

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17 MAR 1947 - CoC Ltr - pdf
07 JUL 1948 - CGC Inspection Report - pdf
27 SEP 1948 - CoC Ltr - pdf
29 SEP 1949 - Request for change of mail address - pdf
24 APR 1950 - ecv project 451-50 funding request - pdf
20 SEP 1950 - CoC Ltr - pdf
27 JUL 1964 - COMDT Letter Operating Plan - pdf
17 AUG 1964 - Loran-A stations; Far East Section; Disestablishment and transfer of - pdf


Loran Station Ichi Hanare

Picture from google earth.

The below photos were located at NARA Washington, DC
(USCG Official photos)

Aerial View Jun 1948

Aerial view c./JUN 1948

Aerial View June 1948

Aerial View c./Jun 1948

Airfield Jun 1948

Airfield - LORSTA in the background c./Jun 1948

CO's quarters Jun 1948

CO's Quarters - c./Jun 1948

Chiefs Quarters, ofice, mess hall, galley, and crews quarters May 1950

Chief's Quarters & Office - Mess Hall & Galley - Crew's Quarters c./May 1950

LCM on main Okinawa May 1950

LCM on main Okinawa - c./May 1950

The Photos below were contributed by Ralph L Emerson (Nov 56 - Nov 57)

Station 1957

The station c./1957

Station circa 1957

Another view of the station c./1957

Beverage Antenna Field

Beverage Antenna Field

Loran A Timer

Timer (UE-1?)

Loran A transmitters


Possible WWII lookout post

Fresh water spring


Below a steep bluff, faced with intricate cut stone blocks and less than 50 feet from the high tide mark was a fresh water spring that flowed year round...

The water flowed into a cement catch basin and we pumped water out of it, in the AM to the station and in the late PM, water was pumped to the village, where it went flowedinto a cement trough, where the villagers could get their water and take it to where they lived....

The pump house showed scars of WW ll, where bullets had hit it........

WWII 50 foot LCM


LCM washed up on beach

LCM washed up on the beach after a typhoon passed by - local villagers assisting

LCM washed up on beach from typhoon


LCM hard aground from typhoon


Villagers assist in refloating LCM


LCM awashed on beach after typhoon


Ltjg Thomas Chilton CO

LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO)

Ralph at station entrance

Ralph at the entrance (Notice the station name)

Crew in summer dress

Standing L to R: ET2 Stoner; ET2 Miller; RM2 Hale; DC2 Elyis; FNEN Morris; SN Button; SN Flick
Kneeling L to R: ETC ?; BMC Hardy, PO1 Bracken; BM1 Horsley; PO1 Poccnii; PO1 McDorman; PO2 ?; HM1 Baker; EN3 Givens

Road work detail 1957

Road Detail Jan 1957
Front Row Kneeling L to R: FN Ahsue; HM1 Baker; FN Ralph Emerson; SN Uyehiera; EN2 Givens
Bach Row L to R: EN1 Magee; USMC Grade Operator; LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO); USMC Grade operator; BMC Hardy

Road work detail 1957

Road Detail Jan 1957
L to R: HM1 Baker; FN Ahsue; FN Ralph Emerson; USMC Grade operator; EN2 Givens; SN Uyehiera; EN1 Magee
Standing: Left: LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO) Right: BMC Hardy

Generator room after painting

Generator Room after it was painted


RM2 Jones at the key

RM2 Jones at the "KEY"

FN Ahsue doing maintenance

FN Ahsue at work

EN3 Lo working on truck

EN3 Lo working on truck

HMC Steele and EN1 Magee checking out the outboard motor

HMC Steele and EN1Magee checking out the outboard motor

Chips and FN Ahsue in DC shop

DC Haggbloom (Chips) and FN Ahsue in the DC Shop

EN1 Magee, HMC Steele, and BM2 Lupton

EN1 Magee, HMC Steele, Lupton

EN1 Magee, FN Ahsue and BM2 Lupton

EN1 Magee, FN Ahsue, BM2 Lupton

Chips driving the M37

Chips at the wheel

Jim Ahsue at the station sign

Jim Ahsue at the front of the station

SN Packer and BM2 Lupton at sign

SN Packer & BM2 Lupton

Volleyball Game

Volleyball game

Chips in the rack

Chips in the rack

Crew having a brew

SN Davis, HM1 Baker, EN2 Givens, RM2 Jones, EN1 Magee
Having a few cold ones in the barracks

the crew having a brew

Ralph Emerson, Uyehiera, Magee, Lupton, Jones, Sadoco, Terp

Chips and Karl Lo

Chips (DC3) and EN3 Karl Lo

Chief Beckwith in the pit

ETC Francis "Porky" Beckwith in the pit

ET2 Calvin in the pit

ET2 Calvin Miller in the pit

RM2 Jones

 RM2 Jones thinking of home

Aerial view of Island



To the left is Miyagshima Island when I was there, no bridges existed, as you see a bridge to the left....

The village was supplied by taxi boats and you can see the village in the foreground of the island.....

Our life line was a 50' LCM and it was moored in the lagoon just over the top of the green hill where the bridge connects too............

Once a week we would load the CO, driving one of our trucks, into the well deck of the LCM and take him across to the main island for food, mail, movies, pay and a PX run etc then return to Kim beach late in the day and pick him up !! The station was at the far end of the island, about in the center, you can see a brown area, that would be the spot....

On the left side, about midway you can see a white dot, that would be water tanks and over the bluff to the left was a spring that we pumped water from......Twice a day, in the morning we pumped to the station and in the afternoon to the village.........

In the late 90's I was trying to track down what happened to my home away from home and made a great contact, a X Marine who ran the U S O at Camp Hansen (USMC base) and he saw this picture on the front of a magazine at a local bank and sent it to me...........

Kids and Festival

Kids at the festival

Dancers at festival

Dancers at festival

Habu Crossing

The Habu was a deadly pit viper, which I reduced the Habu population by six ....

I created this sign and put it on our only road about 100 yards from the station...

Coincidentally all the snakes that met their demise were killed beyond this sign, except for one....

That one met his or her demise in the crews quarters....In the room used for the sea bag storage was kept hot ( 500 watt bulb burnt 24/7 ) to prevent mold, mildew etc.

A skin that a snake had shed was found, so the CO wanted the building sealed and exhaust from one of the trucks flowed into the crews quarters for a day, did it kill the snake was the question....

A couple mornings later as everyone was getting ready for morning muster, one of the guys was sitting on the commode, when someone noticed a Habu coming out of a wooden box, which was used to hold paper towels just above his back...........Needless to say he made a fast exit with pants at half mast and the snake didn't live another day.........

A young village boy was bitten in both lower legs, our HMC stayed with the boy all night using ice and tourniquets to control swelling till daylight and a USAF helicopter could fly him to a hospital............

SR-71 Habu Patch

The Lockheed '' Blackbird '' the A-12 ( CIA ) and SR-71 ( USAF ) nicknamed the Habu flying missions in and out of Kadena AFB Okinawa.

The Habu patch was only awarded to the crews who had flown operational sorties..

Thanks Ralph!

The photos below were contributed by Charles "Mac" McLean

1961 Crew of Loran Station Ichi Hanare

1961 Crew

Loran Station Ichi Hancre circa 1961

"Mac" McLean Circa 1961

Christmas Card front

Christmass card inside

Thanks Mac!